With trade and investment dressing up the shop front, it’s possible to sideline frank discussions on headline domestic issues in Indonesia if red carpet, tight security and 21-gun salutes supersede media and civil freedoms, writes Dulciana Somare-Brash.
Lai Sakita proposes some long-term solutions to restoring forestry and fisheries on Tanna to help develop local production capacity and ensure long-term sustainability after cyclone Pam. Tanna island was one of the worst-hit areas in Vanuatu.
Better financing for development will be required in order to end poverty by 2030 and achieve the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. The UN and member states are currently working to reach agreement on priorities for reform. This article by Mathew Morris looks at the ongoing debate.
An increasing number of atoll studies are not supporting the claim that “Pacific islands are sinking.” Giff Johnson discusses why the disconnect between scientific research and Pacific leaders’ statements about climate effects matters.
The reason the Nauruan government finds itself quashing essential aspects of its own democracy is because its actions simply don’t bear scrutiny. It is time for Nauru to remember the Pacific way of doing things.
Media freedom has made great strides in Fiji, recognised by global freedom organisations, but there remains various challenges that need to be dealt with. The harsh Media Decree is still a spectre that needs removing, writes David Robie.